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Update 19th September
Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard,
Give me a field where the unmowed grass grows,
Give me an arbor, give me the trellised grape.
Walt Whitman (1819–92)
Fr. Matt’s sermon from last Sunday, 16th September, is on the church website, or you can just click on:
Readings for Sunday 23rd September
First Reading: Proverbs 31.10-33  Psalm 1
Second Reading: James 3.13-4.3  Gospel: Mark 9,30-37
Please remember in your prayers this week:
Carol and Rick, Shannon,Tara and their families; Sandi and Brian; Linda and Jack and Diane ; Sandra and mom Pat; Margaret; Vanessa; Carol; Dorothy and Theresa; Yvonne; Tim and Judy; Lila and Keith; Lynn; Brenda and Paul; Bernice; Dorothy; Cathy; Laurel; Ruth; Julia and John; Elaine; Alan; Don; Linda V; Pat and Sean; Shirley and Dick; Maggie; Joan; Colin; Laura , Meredith, Ila; Margery, Sandra; Jake, Fred; Betty and Whitney, Sue, Connie, Anita, Kayla, Beth, Ruth, Kirsten, Jess and Justin, Alina, Nicole, Kelly, Mike, Harold, Steve, Ann, Michael, Art, Julia and John, Laurel, Alina, Ruth, Sandra and Richard, Bill, Julian and DL, Inez, Julie, Michael, Ellie, George, David, Robin, Wanda, Debbie, Sandy and Laura. .
Pray for the safety and renewal of the St. Jude’s women on the canoe trip, and our Regional partner St. Albans.
May the soul of Kayla find rest eternal and rise in glory. We pray that her family and friends find strength and comfort as they mourn and, in due time, see the light of God's love, or even just the reflection of that light.
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (519-660-6198) (Rev’d. Canon Bill Ward, or Rosalie), OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer Fall Gathering presents “The Power and Potential of Silence” with Sister Elizabeth Ann, SSJD, “Looking at Silence in our Prayer lives" on
Saturday, September 29th,  10:00 am - 2:00 pm at St. James Westminster, 115 Askin St., London.
To Register - contact the Rev'd Kim Metelka,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call or text 519-980-4545.
Alpha.   Having conversation about life, faith, and Jesus, is hard. Alpha is about creating a welcoming, friendly place where people can come and ask questions to explore the Christian faith.  Starting on September 25th , please join us at St. Jude’s for seven Tuesday evenings, to deepen your understanding about your faith. The first evening we’ll start at 6 pm with dinner and conclude at 9 pm. Subsequent Tuesday sessions run from 7 – 9 pm. The wrap up will be Friday November 9th  from 7 – 9 pm and Saturday November 10th  from 9 am – 4 pm. Each session begins with conversation and refreshments, followed by a short video, and concluding with small group discussion. There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex and we’ll be happy to find rides for anyone who prefers not to drive in the evenings. Friends and relatives are most welcome.
There is no cost for the programme, and all materials are provided.  For more information: Fr. Bill, Fr. Matt, or your Wardens.
Festival Choir  It's that time of year again! The Festival Choir will begin rehearsing a new cantata for the Advent and Christmas season on Thursday, October 4th  at 7:30 pm. This year we will be presenting the St. Jude's premiere of “A New Birth, A New Beginning” by John Purifoy. If you like to sing, please come and join us on Thursday nights!  Practices begin at 7.30 pm.
First Annual St Jude’s Golf Social, Friday September 28th,  4.00 pm tee times, at the Dorchester on the Thames Golf Course (3342 Hamilton Road, East of Nilestown),  a “Nine and Dine” evening. Couples and individuals welcome, but teams will be organized if required, to play “two person best ball”.
An appeal from the ACW
As you know, the ACW prepares and sends bales of gently used clothing to the diocese in Kenora each year, a not inconsiderable expense for shipping.  However, after October  31st this year the ACW will no longer be able to send the bales by Greyhound as they will no longer be going past Sudbury.  Cherie, who has overseen this valuable ministry for many years,  would like assistance in investigating another method of transport.  Canada Post is perhaps an option, and apparently Home Hardware ships for nothing in Kitchener.  If anyone would be interested in taking on this problem and finding out alternative shipping methods, please contact  Cherie at 519-850-0582.
Tai Chi beginners classes have started again at St Jude’s, on Tuesday, 7.00 to 9.00 pm.
Also, Monday and Thursday, 10.00 am to 11:30 am, with an  Open House October 4th  at 10.00 am.
Monday beginners class starts on 11th October.  Tai Chi is a great way improve balance, flexibility and overall good health.
Turkey Roast!  St. Alban's cordially invites the members of St. Jude's congregation to their Annual Turkey Roast to be held next Saturday, September 22nd.
The doors will be open at 5:30 pm, and  Dinner will be at 6 pm.
There will be a Silent Auction following dinner.
Tickets: $20.00 Adults, $12.00 children 10 and under, but only a limited number of tickets are available, so don’t delay! You can reserve your tickets through the St. Alban’s church office at 519-455-5788.
Please join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie.
London Deanery Family Outreach event, on 28th September at St. John the Evangelist - “Help Spread Birthday Joy” by making birthday gift bags for those who may not be able to afford them.  Materials collected through the summer will be taken there and made up into gift kits.  Families and youth of all ages are invited to attend.  Bring a snack or refreshment to share, and a pizza dinner will be provided.
A list of requested items for the kits:
Disposable cake pans/muffin pans, Cake mix, Icing, Candles, Party hats, Noise makers, Balloons
sprinkles/decorations, Small loot bag for birthday kid, Invitations, Cellophane, Ribbon.   
The organisers need large brown paper bags to hold the birthday supplies, and if you know how or where to get these, please call Laura Manias as soon as possible (519-630-2363).  Also, to facilitate organizing food supplies, etc., please call her to register, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Youth 13 - 18, and their leaders:   
Are invited to join in the Deanery Family Event, and then stay for a sleep over.  On Saturday we’ll dig into the 5 Marks of Love through Bible study and activities.  We’ll explore the question “If we are marked as Christ’s own” what are the marks of love that signal our life is rooted and grounded in Christ?
Bring sleep over gear and a change of clothes.
London Deanery Choir  The London Deanery is forming a children’s choir this September for boys and girls ages 9 - 12.  All are welcome!! An Open House/Registration/Information session will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Church (397 Springbank Drive) on Saturday 29th September, from 9.30 to 11.00 am.  Parents can also register their child/children at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 519-471-7780 for more information. 
Lunch Bunch.  The next meeting is on Friday 5th October, their Thanksgiving meeting!  Holy Eucharist at 11.15 am, followed by their usual delicious pot luck lunch around noon.  After lunch, the Rev’d. Phil Uptgrove will speak about the work being done by the ‘International Justice Mission’, whose vision is “To Rescue millions, protect half a billion, and prove that justice for the poor is unstoppable” All are welcome!!
Daily Bread  Doug and Laura  will be out of the country at the next Daily Bread weekend, so we shall need volunteers to take the gifts to Daily Bread.  If you can help please contact them,  phone 519-433-3825 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   .
An Indian Dinner is offered by St. Michael and All Angels Church, 397 Springbank Drive, on Friday 12th October.  Doors open at 5.30 pm, and dinner begins at 6.30 pm, tickets being $35.00 per person.  There will be a draw prize table, a 50/50 draw, and cash bar.  Tickets are available from 519-471-7780.
Valleyview Male Chorus presents a concert at Holy Trinity/St. Stephens Memorial Church, 727 Southdale Road, on Saturday 13th October, beginning at 7.30 pm.  A freewill offering will be taken up, with proceeds supporting their outreach programmes.  More information at 519-686-8503, or www.valleyviewmalechorus.com ; for free tickets, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Shane Cook, a talented violin/fiddle player, accompanied by Kyle Waymouth and Allison Lupton, will be at Siloam United Church (1240 Fanshawe Park Road East) at 7.30 pm on Saturday 13th October, to present an evening of traditional fiddle tunes, song and dance.  Advance tickets are $15.00, or at the door, $18.00.  Call 519-455-9201 for tickets and more information.